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spied spying and will spy us congressman america's national security agency to continue its worldwide surveillance despite visible divisions in washington. and the man who exposed the agency's wrongdoing is still stranded in a moscow airport next that people want to leave its transit zone while his asylum request is still being processed. reportedly. ruling party's headquarters and clashing with police. that's following the assassination of a prominent opposition leader of the second such case. we
ask our brave young men and women to fight against al-qaeda in some countries and with al-qaeda in other countries. the idea of syrian rebels calling it siding with terrorists is the syrian national council plans to talk weapons shipments during its visit to new york. from a studio. twenty four hours a day. the show must go on that's the message from american lawmakers who allowed the national security agency to continue spying both at home and abroad a motion to curb its activities was blocked in the house of representatives by a narrow margin of only twelve votes if approved it would have barred the n.s.a. from listening to every phone call made by a u.s.
voters exposed a major split within both the republicans and democrats really i discuss this division and ways to protect public. down is the owner of one of the three internet service providers which denied n.s.a. surveillance requests. the only solution for keeping us safe from spying on people on the internet is people using encryption and then having service providers that are willing to stand up and stand against broad surveillance and wholesale monitoring and of as we've seen with revelations this past week the n.s.a. wasn't really happy about encryption coming on the internet they tried to block it they tried to stall it and they've tried to request keys from large entities like google and others to monitor the encrypted communications as well as they've they've gone way overboard on this thing i'm on the side of the people who want to defund the n.s.a. i'm on the side of the people who are our gas to the constitutional violations they're executing you know there are many in congress who are calling edward
snowden a trim a traitor and a criminal when in fact i think it's the people in the n.s.a. who are the criminals who are not following the constitution and have perjured themselves in front of congress these are these are people we cannot trust and it's time that we audit them or shut them down as long as that information is transmitted in the clear and there are willing partners of the n.s.a. allowing them to collect data off the internet they're going to continue doing that as long as they can the man who unveiled the speaking program is facing espionage charges if he steps on american soil the history of a bomb his war on whistle blows leaves little doubt that in this case edward snowden could end up at best heading down the path of these photos because the saudis go to church cohen reports by relentlessly going after whistleblowers here we picked some of the most notable ones the u.s. government is sending a message this is what's going to happen to you if you speak out even if you think
you're doing it for the public good even if the public things you did the right thing in edward snowden's case fifty five percent of americans consider him a whistleblower not a traitor and yet even as many americans are thankful to snowden for great awareness about the government's blatant snooping on millions of absolutely innocent people snowden still had to. flee the country so was not to share the fate of his fellow whistleblowers had the state he would have been in jail facing life in prison or maybe even the death penalty the example of bradley manning is right there the twenty five year old u.s. army private bradley manning has been in custody for three years now and is facing more than one hundred fifty years in jail many leaked documents and videos that exposed war crimes committed by the u.s. the military judge has recently ruled that mending still has to face the most serious charge the charge of aiding the enemy despite many claims that he's sole intent was to make the public more aware of the cost of war the human cost and other whistleblower former cia analyst john king also thought he was doing the
right thing when he spoke about the cia's torture practices and became the first government official who confirmed waterboarding at one time to get out who was the head of the cia's counterterrorism operations in pakistan father of five kid out who is now in jail serving his two and a half years sentence former n.s.a. employees william binney and thomas drake were very close to jail time after they separately blew the whistle on the government's massive surveillance program which they saw as ineffective an illegal needless to say their careers were destroyed edward snowden's revelations of only confirmed would be drake had been saying for years but possibly unlike binney and drake snowden has also made public indisputable proof of the existence of the programs i had the chance to interview three of these men john kiriakou william binney and thomas drake they talked to me about what it's like being targeted by the u.s. government take a listen if you're in itself is control and what people will do when they're
fearful as they were being will begin to censor themselves so much of what's happening now particular my case it send it extraordinarily chilling message that anybody and i was a senior executive the government had a very high position and. it sends that extraordinarily chilling message that if you speak out if you speak up we're going to hammer you and we're going to hammer you hard because look what we did to mr drake the court is supposed to protect the constitution all these all these people in government take an oath to defend the constitution and they're not living up to their oath of office i never believed i would be going to prison under a president obama never. that's been i think my biggest disappointment the classified documents that daniel ellsberg leaked four decades ago revealed that the us government had lied about the vietnam war and those revelations contributed to the erosion of public support for the war daniel ellsberg was the first whistle
blower who was charged under the espionage act the government went after him with only had wiretapped him without a court warrant broke into his therapist's office trying to find something to discredit him with the judge dismissed all charges against ellsberg due to the gross government misconduct and illegal evidence gathering today daniel ellsberg stands in support of all these whistleblowers arguing had he been charged today he would have most probably gone to jail in washington i'm going to shake up washington is still planning for the extradition of edward snowden who's been stranded in a moscow airport for more than a month ever since arriving from hong kong he's applied for asylum in russia and is waiting for paperwork allowing him to finally leave his current state of limbo lindsey france brings us the latest from outside the airport. there are so many journalists here with their eyes and their camera lenses trained very heavily on any of the doors on the first floor that he may exit out of that being said you
never know this is definitely a sort of catch me if you can situation if you will now his adviser here in russia anatoly did say the paperwork that he needs that would allow him to officially exit the airport and enter russia is still not here now it's a formal notice essentially that federal migration service is is considering his bid and it is officially in process what that gives edward snowden is close to three months to move about freely in the country until he gets that document in his hands he cannot leave after that three months that's when the final decision from federal migration services will come through if it is a favorable decision on edward snowden's behalf he plans to settle here if not he also plans to appeal that decision that shows just how serious he is everyone expected to snowden would use russia as as a transit point to another country but just a little while after he landed here from hong kong when he didn't appear on
a flight to cuba people looked at that very suspiciously wondering what was up this is a cat and mouse game with the media at this point we don't know if he will if he if he does get that documentation if it will be made obvious to us and if you will then come out and maybe give us a couple of comments or even a press conference he could also sneak out a side door and hop on that train into downtown moscow so you can bet today tomorrow and over the weekend and even next week the journalists here are waiting with bated breath to see if edward snowden does emerge from this airport with documents in hand. and it turns out that american surveillance agency whose tactics were exposed barnes former contract to is notes as well more to that scene this find out why the n.s.a. which is. tracking what is actually happening in his own back yard. at all to call. the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon has said that more than one hundred thousand people
have now been killed in the syrian conflict and he's urging a stop to the peace process this comes as the head of the visit of the syrian national coalition to new york where is expected to meet with the u.s. secretary of state in the u.n. security council on porn are joining me live now with more on the story so what does the coalition plan to achieve by this trip to new york. well it's no secret that the syrian opposition wants to receive the weapons and military aid that the obama administration has promised to provide to rebels fighting against president bashar al assad and this is likely going to be the main topic that will be discussed between the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and the syrian delegation visiting the u.n. which is being led by the president of the syrian national coalition the new president ahmed jarba now the issue many experts are raising here is the fact that the group has no official power and lacks support and recognition inside of syria
the syrian national coalition was founded in doha and is based in istanbul many see this as outsiders lobbying for more arms to import into syria's already bloody civil war now u.s. officials say that during the bilateral meeting that will take place between secretary kerry and the delegation of the syrian opposition that secretary kerry plans to convey washington's commitment to help strengthen the opposition and to discuss not only the situation on the ground but the power forward toward a political solution however several u.s. lawmakers have publicly opposed providing any weapons to the syrian rebels among the most outspoken is republican senator rand paul he recently accused u.s. president barack obama of asking the american military to open up front without any congressional approval paul said he's not convinced that u.s. intervention into syria will end the ongoing civil war the u.s. lawmaker also said that accusations of damascus using chemical weapons there is
accusations with which the obama administration recently made he said that those accusations is identical quote to the massive deception campaign that led the u.s. into the iraq war. the assad regime is no friend of freedom or the united states but this does not mean that the enemy of our enemy user friendly. there are currently seventeen different rebel groups in syria including the largest group of al nusra al nusra fighters or radical anti-american geodes and they're affiliated with al-qaeda but your politicians in washington are eager to send weapons they promise oh these weapons won't get into the hands of the enemy i don't believe it does anyone believe that a submarine or it sounds as if that piece being pursued a told. well i think those goals are what will be discussed
in the informal security council meeting that will take place on friday that meeting was called for by the u.k. now according to reports the syrian national coalition the delegation at the u.n. is expected to state its readiness to send its representatives to the conference in geneva in order to join other influential opposition groups at the negotiation table with the syrian government without preconditions now that meeting is the second international conference in geneva it is commonly referred to as geneva two it's co-sponsored by russia and the u.s. now the international conference as our viewers probably know already aims to outline a political settlement settlement in syria in accordance with the geneva communique which calls for a transitional government to be established that takes members of the opposition and members of the assad government now while all these negotiations are taking place most recently as you already mentioned the u.n.
secretary ban ki-moon announced that more than one hundred thousand people have been killed during syria's ongoing civil war and this is leading many to ask including rand paul who we just heard from if sending weapons to an ongoing conflict is the best idea for ending all the violence and bloodshed because that is what the u.s. plans to do to arm the opposition and the rebels with military aid and this is something that we can be sure will be discussed at least behind closed doors at the united nations report live in new york thanks very much indeed for that update. well many experts think that u.s. militarism has already made iraq a failed state tera bombings and bring the number killed in the country this month alone to a shocking seven hundred fifty nine people as interpol's international. breaks five hundred of its own from iraqi prisons. this is still to come threats on
wheels the u.k. government launches a mobile ad campaign telling illegal immigrants to get him to get arrested in his latest drive to encourage them to leave the country on terror. and story still to come but first violent protests have broken out across tunisia following the killing of a prominent opposition politician had been reports of tear gas being fired at protesters who are blaming the government for the assassination the outrage was sparked by the killing of a prominent opposition politician the leader of the secular people's movement party brahmi was shot dead by two gunmen on motorcycles next to his. striking similarities to febreze assassination of another secular leader chokri belaid protests following his death led to an overthrow of the government of the time and boyd in the middle east analyst at i.h.s. country risk believes this assassination could escalate as much and the ruling
party will suffer whether it is to blame or not. this is a very sensitive issue as you know the last time we saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets we saw strikes across multiple sectors. we have been identifying such a political assassination as a potential trigger for that kind of thing to happen again the problem is that no matter how much the party leadership try to rein in their supporters there's a very deep underlying political divide here between the secularists and the islamists within two days here and this is really all about determining the nature of what to his it is going to look like socially as well as politically following the uprising in the revolution so it's a very contested area that is likely to be polarizing people very much already and i think the assassination is just going to bring that to the fore once again even with the former killing of. nobody has ever been brought to trial or convicted. certainly we secularists are saying that it was the style of the militias. i mean
that seems to be a possibility given that we know some of them do issue death threats they vandalized offices of secular groupings and trade unions this type of thing but they've never been you know there's never been any proof that they've been involved in the lead to this fascination but certainly people are going to be blaming on the for this fairly or unfairly. you know if you're most going to stay with us for more international news off to a short break. wealthy british. guy looks like he's going to. lead the market. find out what's really
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the death toll in iraq this month alone has reportedly reached a staggering seven hundred fifty nine people after a new wave of violence claimed dozens of lives across the country and this comes as interpol issued an alert to al qaida freed some five hundred of its members in attacks on iraqi prisons in a statement the organization said most of those escaped all senior members and pose an international threat jewelry supposedly activists from the stop the war coalition thinks the u.s. invasion wiped out iraq's ability to fight terrorism. in order to occupy iraq the western forces british and american adopted a policy of divide and rule. a major sectarian conflict where there wasn't one before they created al qaeda in iraq where there was no al qaida before so i think that the country is a prey to the most enormous strains as
a result of that war the truth of the matter is it's a terrifically weak government it's a practically divided down the middle between people who are sympathetic to iran's position in the region and those. people depend on washington it's a state that's been left in a catastrophic weak position by the occupation which the current developments in the in the middle east for a weakening still more in the u.k. vans plastered with ads threatening illegal immigrants for the rest assume to appear on the streets of london as part of a new push to get people to contact local authorities if they're not allowed to stay in the country and it's not the first immigration campaign to be launched of late the fight against immigration begins beyond britain shores and here are a series of suggestions from the public poking fun at the government attempts to put off potential immigrants citizens from countries thought to be high risk will be made to pay a three thousand pound bomb and to enter the country and they'll get that back when
they leave. reports. this is barking and dagenham one of six london boroughs where vans with massive billboards like the one behind me with a message go home or face arrest will be driving around london in the next week this is the latest attempt of the u.k. a home office to would deal with illegal immigration in the country they say they want to encourage a voluntary leaving of the country and i would also advertise a number that can be texted by immigrants to ask for help and how to leave the country on their own accord now the home office says that voluntary returns are the most cost effective way of dealing with illegal immigration with about twenty eight thousand departures last year and the immigration officer minister mark harper had said of the message essentially is that there is an alternative to being led away in handcuffs however this program has received a lot of criticism and we have spoken with the david coburn of the u.k. independence party we're awfully horrified i mean this is like the one who is like
the nazis going around washington to talk with trucks it's dreadful it's discriminatory is unpleasant it makes the country luke extremely unpleasant indeed and not something that i told british and something that i'm absolutely convinced the vast majority the british public would not put up with that's not the fault of the immigrants is the fault of the government for letting them in the control of the great britain should be controlled by our parliament they should not be controlled by the european union we also spoke with the migrant rights network to see how this might impact communities and what kind of reaction it could get from illegal immigrants and the locals alike. the minister has chosing very diverse areas of london to drive this vine around and what it will do is actually create suspicion of immigrant communities people who might look for in one way or another and we think the government should be trying to be promoting good community
relationships rather than trying to to be stoking of fear within communities and all of this falling under an active push by the government to make britain more difficult and as has been reported a more hostile environment to unwanted immigrants reporting from london i'm just are cilia and liberal democrat councillor for ealing john ball thinks that the campaign is just an attempt to score political points. it's totally inappropriate to have these vans going around stirring up problems between the different or different communities so my view as a is that those guns ought to be removed from the streets immediately i think the intended audience for these is not illegal immigrants the intended audience is right wing voters who the conservatives want to retain as conservative voters rather than going to ukip so i think this is totally about domestic u.k.
politics rather than a serious attempt to to deal with issues relating to illegal immigrants so you know i think it's not coincidental that these these posters came out when the during the summer when the the relevant liberal democrat ministers who would have been involved and signed off process weren't around i think this is something which the conservatives are doing as i say for their own party political purposes. the greek parliament has voted to make the last changes to labor laws needed to receive two and a half billion euros in bailout funds the new legislation involves transferring and possibly sacking files of public sector workers for the first time athens as agreed to make cuts despite unemployment increasing dramatically the global financial crisis hit greece five years ago when less than one in ten people there didn't have a job but that number has skyrocketed and now more than a quarter of the population is out of work the latest figures from the finance
ministry show almost as many twenty three percent of falling below the recognize poverty line people are being forced to look elsewhere for opportunities university of the salon a key estimates ten percent of all students who have earned science degrees have already left the country and that is one hundred twenty thousand people here to support courses a trade union leader in greece and says that workers won't give up as they strive for better conditions. historically greeks. fight this so we are still fighting. and packing with these problems will stop these policies so. rick perry we are going to. use all the weapons that we have in our arsenal. we use. strike we will break intervention at every level we can do i don't believe that the
problem has got to do with the workers and with the weight so we need other solutions as you see not recession solution like the way it's got. time now for some international news in brief in our world update the sound and his vivid security from the train that hurtled off the tracks in northern spain killing at least eighty people report said may have been going around the corner more than twice the speed and high speed passenger train derailed several kilometers from the famous pilgrimage town of santiago de compostela two investigations have been launched to find out how the accident happened. thousands of railway workers have come out into the streets all remains capital bucharest to demand better working conditions again outside the transport ministry in march to the government headquarters protesters are angry at plans to put some workers in a four day week and sell that with national railway all to meet demand set by the international monetary fund. he said it is policy about the news team or just about
half enough money to mexico as it takes the fight to what he calls financial terrorists that's up next after the break. boy oh boy there are a lot of conspiracy theories out there for a mysterious extra planet strip killion creatures living among us but there also may conspiracy theories that are very plausible and some that are well actually true one that i've heard for a long time is that they are specifically trying to fill the police with dimwits to abuse the american people which is silly right right well according to a.b.c. news a discrimination lawsuit revealed that robert jordan was denied the chance to become
a new london police officer because he was too smart his entrance exam score was a thirty three which is an i.q. of one hundred twenty five and it was just too high to allow him to defend the public good that police department only accepts candidates who have scores from twenty to twenty seven the logic is that people who are too smart get bored as policeman and they're more likely to quit after years of costly training. yeah this is proof of a conspiracy theory well the lowest score they accept is still around an average i.q. so that doesn't mean they're specifically trying to fill the place with sub par people but it does seem really weird to fear people with high i.q.'s entering the police force this case to have a confirms nor denies the conspiracy theory but is definitely food for thought and does a kind of not make sense to discriminate against anyone ever for having a high i.q. i don't know but that's just my opinion. welcome
to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser in two thousand and three according to buckingham palace officials the royal household cost each taxpayer in the u.k. about one loaf of bread in two thousand and four that cost was just under two pints of milk and in two thousand and nine a mere m p three download that certainly sounds much better then telling the taxpayer the queen cost them forty one million pounds annually to maintain meanwhile across the pond goldman sachs' role in the aluminum market has cost the consumer five billion dollars over the past three years or is as the royal gold in the household would have you believe that's a mere zero point zero.